The Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award is an annual award presented by the Gelett Burgess Center for Creative Expression. Named for Gelett Burgess, an artist and writer famous for his humorous Goops series (1900-1950), this award recognizes outstanding books that inspire imagination and creativity, and helps support childhood literacy and lifelong reading.
The first award was granted in 2011 when Pat Mora won Book of the Year with Gracias Thanks. In addition to the Book of the Year and several Burgess Honors, awards are granted each year in 40 categories, within 4 distinct groups: Lifestyle, Arts and Letters, Society and Culture, and Education.  The resulting list of award-winning titles is promoted throughout the year with additional activity and lesson plan resources made available.
The Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award seal was designed by the artist himself as a child. He made an early mark on the world by carving his initials, in the form of a monogram based on the Phoenician alphabet, on nearly every church steeple in Boston. (Author's full name is Frank Gelett Burgess)
"All English-language titles, North American or International may be submitted as long as the books are available to the general public. (i.e., retail outlets, catalog, Amazon or manufacturer websites)
"Self-published and small press titles are permitted as long as they meet these guidelines.
"Books may be submitted by the publisher, author, illustrator, publicist, or anyone else working with the title.
"All items submitted for review must be of a family-friendly nature, and suitable for general audiences."
Entries must be published during the preceding three years: 2011 to 2013 for the 2014 Awards.